[naw-shuh s, -zee-uh s]
Origin of nauseous
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3. revolting, nasty, repellent, abhorrent, detestable, despicable, offensive.
The two literal senses of nauseous, “causing nausea” ( a nauseous smell ) and “affected with nausea” ( to feel nauseous ), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both senses are in standard use at the present time. Nauseous is more common than nauseated in the sense “affected with nausea,” despite recent objections by those who imagine the sense to be new. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous : a nauseating smell.
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Examples from the Web for nauseous
“As a result, doing both exercise and a cleanse can leave you feeling tired, dizzy and nauseous,” she says.Is Your Juice Cleanse Doing More Harm Than Good?
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It took me like five or six times to actually watch it, but when I watch it, I still get nauseous.Gina Gershon on Being Donatella Versace, ‘Showgirls,’ and Bill Clinton Rumors
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Heavily pregnant, nauseous, she barely made it to her meeting.The Chief Problem With 'Lean In'
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Not nauseous, but her knees buckled when she tried to stand.Hysteria Strikes Mumbai School Kids
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It was in the middle of the night, like two in the morning, and I was so nauseous and they brought me down in the crane.Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julianne Moore Talk Sundance’s ‘Don Jon’s Addiction,’ Porn, and Love
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Never was female friendship more strongly cemented, or less disturbed by the nauseous poison of envy, malice, or mean jealousy.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
It was a nauseous draught from the bitterest waters of Islam.The Scapegoat
They were shrouded in the fog which made the night heavy, opaque, and nauseous.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
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It, too, emitted what his grace deemed the nauseous odors of the perfumer's shop.The Lock And Key Library
We eagerly quenched our thirst, in spite of the nauseous taste of the water.In the Wilds of Florida
- feeling sick
- causing nausea
- distasteful to the mind or senses; repulsive
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Word Origin and History for nauseous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Causing nausea.
- Affected with nausea.
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